4:05 pm
April 21

Diamondbacks @ Nationals

Who will WIN this matchup?

Arizona Diamondbacks (4-8)

@ Washington Nationals (6-8)


Starting Pitchers:

Davies (ARI): 0-1; 5.79 ERA

Rogers (WSH) 1-1; 3.72 ERA


Current odds:

Arizona Diamondbacks: (+110)

Washington Nationals: (-132)


• The starting line-up for the Diamondbacks is as follows:


• The starting line-up for the Nationals is as follows:

• After finally breaking out of their early-season slump, the Arizona Diamondbacks look to carry the momentum into the finale of a four-game series against the host Washington Nationals on Thursday. Arizona entered Wednesday last in the majors in runs scored before setting season highs in hits (10) and runs in an 11-2 win over the Nationals.

• Beer went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to help the D-backs end a three-game losing skid. Teammate Daulton Varsho homered and drove in three runs.

• Arizona will turn to right-hander Zach Davies (0-1, 5.79 ERA) for the series finale. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.87 ERA in five career starts versus Washington. After turning in a solid outing against the San Diego Padres in his season debut, Davies allowed five runs (four earned) over 4 1/3 innings in a 10-3 loss to the New York Mets on Friday. Davies, 29, was signed by Arizona last month to provide a veteran presence in the rotation.

• Washington, which opened the series with a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday, received a scare on Wednesday when first baseman Josh Bell exited the game in the fourth inning due to a left knee injury. Bell, who has been the team’s best hitter with two homers and 11 RBIs, is listed as day-to-day and will have an MRI exam on Thursday.

• Nationals starter Josh Rogers (1-1, 3.72 ERA) allowed three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Rogers, 27, is making his first appearance against Arizona. The left-hander went 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA in six starts with the Nationals last season.

• The Nationals could use a strong outing from Rogers to help out their bullpen, especially after left-hander Sean Doolittle was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday. The veteran reliever, who was diagnosed with a left elbow sprain, had opened the season by allowing just one hit through 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Left-handed relievers Sam Clay and Francisco Perez were recalled from Triple-A Rochester to help replace Doolittle, who could be out several weeks.

StreakSmarter Pick
Washington Nationals